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The Occurrence and Phylogenetic Status of Merycodus from the Mohave Desert Tertiary

Furlong, E. L. (1927) The Occurrence and Phylogenetic Status of Merycodus from the Mohave Desert Tertiary. Bulletin of the Department of Geological Sciences, 17 (4). pp. 145-186.

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The collections of the University of California Museum of Paleontology contain a fairly representative assemblage of Merycodus skeletal elements from the Great Basin province. During the collecting seasons of 1925 and 1926, Miss Annie M. Alexander and Miss Louise Kellogg discovered in the Barstow and the Ricardo deposits of the Mohave Desert unusually complete series of limb bones associated with Merycodus skulls. The associated skeletal remains, with the numerous dissociated limb bones, cranial bones, and teeth from these and other localities, afford opportunity to observe the constancy of osteological characters within this group as well as a sound basis for morphological comparison with other genera of the Antilocapridae and Cervidae.

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Additional Information:© 1927 University of California Press. In addition to the Melycodus specimens in the University of California Museum of Paleontology, largely collected through the field work supported by Miss Annie M. Alexander, it has been my privilege to examine many specimens in other museums. For the use of specimens in the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and for valuable suggestions, I am indebted to Dr. W. D. Matthew. Mr. Childs Frick of the same institution kindly allowed me the privilege of examining merycodont material recently secured by him from the Santa Fe deposits. For like courtesies I wish to express my thanks to the following gentlemen and institutions: C. W. Gilmore, Curator, Division of Vertebrate Paleontology, United States National Museum; Dr. W. J. Sinclair, Princeton University; Professor Richard S. Lull, Peabody Museum, Yale University; and Professor F. B. Loomis, Amherst College, New Haven. Dr. William Alanson Bryan, Director of the Los Angeles Museum, kindly loaned Capromeryx material, and Dr. J. Grinnell, University of California Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, granted the use of recent antilocaprid and cervid specimens. For criticism of the paper in manuscript and for kindly interest throughout this study, I am indebted to Dr. Chester Stock, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. The wash and line drawings were made by Mr. John L. Ridgeway of the Carnegie Institution, Washington.
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